Random thoughts on a Saturday morning with the sun hopping up over the horizon:

1. Can you smell fall?

Oh, good. Me, too.

Don’t tell the other seasons, but it’s my favorite. All those fall bins are about to make their annual pilgrimage down from the attic.

2. Another episode of “What I Bought Wednesday” is live on my YouTube Channel. It’s a good one. I found the CUTEST sweaters at Walmart.

You can see it here.

3. Have you ever made cucumbers with vinegar and lemon pepper seasoning? It’s the perfect cool treat for a hot summer day.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about

5. Have you heard sweater vests are in for fall?

Hello 1992.

What are your thoughts?

6. Did you know this is my 301 Thistlekeeping? That is a LOT of research. And I’m here for all of it. 🙂

And now?

Today is the day for inspiration.

Good thing I have tons of it for us this week.

This fun fall project.

This blanket was “finger knitted” in a day.

See the entire how-to here.

This fun dessert bar for football season.

Yes, please.

All the recipes and ideas found here (including those adorable football strawberries).

Sometimes the littlest things can make a big difference in decorating.

Here are some super simple tweaks you can make to your home.

See them all here.

And decorating for fall doesn’t have to be expensive.

But it can look like it.

Here are 12 budget decorating ideas that look way more expensive than they are.


And in random news:

This house is perfection

These 1840 fashions

This fun fall DIY

How to add board and batten to a staircase

Peach guacamole

How to keep patio cushion inserts dry

I want to make these for my planner

These pumpkin doughnuts (and they are gluten-free)

Lego has a botanical collection

7 things every guest room needs

Top three organizing habits to build into your day

How to copper leaf a pumpkin

And this

Did you know this year’s Southern Living Idea House is in Kentucky? I need to schedule a road trip. It is worth the trip.

You can see it here.

I know I’ve shared these a zillion times before.

But they are my favorite thing about fall.

How to make your own pumpkin rolls here.

Happy Random Saturday to You

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  1. Image for Kim Waldorf Kim Waldorf

    I loved your Walmart sweaters this week! Such a find! I’m all over these framed leaves! What an amazing idea. Thanks for always sharing your wonderful weekly finds! Happy Saturday, friend!

  2. Image for Linda Linda

    Thank you so much for sharing my guest room! You are the sweetest! And I definitely need to get my friend and plan a road trip to see the Southern Living Idea House!

  3. Image for laura laura

    Thank you for featuring my how-to keep patio cushions dry! I have your saved on my calendar for a Hometalk call! We are headed to mountains for our first weekend without our youngest home. Staying busy and cleaning closets and counting down to parents weekend in Dayton, Ohio (Go Flyers)! laura in colorado

  4. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    If you come to Louisville, Kentucky, I want to see you and I want you to spend some time here for a special appointment!!! The Southern Living Idea House is in Louisville and I live close, so it is a must see and you and I must see each other!!! Lol

  5. Image for Be Be

    Always love lots of ideas.. Fall is here and I am ready!!!! Thanks for reminder about my hydrangeas. Love them. Have a great weekend!!!

  6. Image for Kris Kris

    I love all things tea and I wanted to crash the tea party! Ohhh those cookies. Super cute. As were the twine pumpkins. I have a patio storage box for my cushions but I think I will be putting them in a trash bag and THEN in the storage container to protect them from the elements. The throw was also adorable but my daughter told me that I have an addiction to throws and we really don't need any more. She's so practical. I don't know how I have raised such a practical child. Thanks for a fun roundup.

  7. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    It is almost Fall and I know I will be glad, it's been so hot and dry here. Thanks for all the fun ideas and I will try to think Fall into my home.

  8. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Hi! I was wondering if you DIY the framed paper flower wall art on the wall behind you in your "What I Wore Wednesday"? I'd like to try making it. and I LOVE the looped yarn blanket with pom poms! Might have to give that a try too!

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